Tropical Storm Nesat, located off the Philippines, is forecast to enter the East Vietnam Sea on Sunday, becoming the sixth storm to hit Vietnam this year.
Storm Nesat was situated 90 kilometers north of the Philippines’ Luzon Island as of 7:00 am on Sunday, packing winds of 75-88km per hour and gusts up to 117km an hour, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.
The storm is expected to travel northwest in the next 24 hours and enter the East Vietnam Sea around Sunday evening.
As of 1:00 am on Monday, it will be located above the northern part of the East Vietnam Sea, with wind speed increasing to 89-102km per hour and gusts up to 133km an hour.
The storm will head west and will be situated about 460 kilometers northeast of Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago by 1:00 am on Tuesday.
The average wind speed will further increase to between 118 and 133km per hour.
Nesat will continue traveling toward the Vietnamese mainland before weakening.
The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that Storm Nesat was unleashing winds of 89-102km an hour as of 4:00 am on Sunday.
The Japanese agency also forecast that the storm’s maximum wind speed after entering the East Vietnam Sea will be 118-133km per hour.
The storm will then downgrade as it closes in on Vietnam’s mainland.
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